Dear Friends,

It has been an amazing few days celebrating Jumpstart’s Read for the Record campaign and I am honored to have been a part of this program. There have been readings in schools and libraries around the country, as well as in other countries including China and Australia!

It was a whirlwind time in New York with the Today Show on Thursday morning with Mary Louise Parker, Vince Vaughn, Stephanie March, Justin Bieber, Jennifer Stone, Madison Pettis and other celebrities who read
The Very Hungry Caterpillar to children on the plaza as well as a celebration for Jumpstart at the New York Public Library.And I attended the lighting

ceremony at the top of The Empire State Building which was orange and white in honor of Jumpstart’s orange logo!

The day before, I visited the New York Stock Exchange where I had been invited with others from Jumpstart to ring the closing bell.

It was a very exciting and festive time. I am so impressed by the tremendous work of the staff and volunteers at Jumpstart who together made this program so successful. It is wonderful that so many people were reading together.